Is­lamic Re­lief Canada sends 2 teams to B.C. to as­sist wild­fire evac­uees

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

Burling­ton-based Is­lamic Re­lief Canada has sent two teams to the west coast to help those af­fected by the wild­fires.

“We have a team from Ed­mon­ton sched­uled to go to Prince George and a team from Cal­gary sched­uled to go to Kam­loops,” said Rey­hana Pa­tel, head of me­dia and ex­ter­nal re­la­tions for Is­lamic Re­lief Canada. “Each team is from two to four peo­ple who will man­age and lead the op­er­a­tion and we con­nect with the lo­cal Mus­lim com­mu­nity there and work in part­ner­ship with them.”

Teams will be dis­tribut­ing sup­plies at do­na­tion dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres in Prince George and Kam­loops and will con­nect with lo­cal mosques and other agen­cies on the ground to as­sess what other needs they can help with, said Pa­tel.

Among the truck­loads of sup­plies will be food, cloth­ing, hy­giene kits, baby sup­plies, pil­lows and blan­kets.

The IRC is also on standby in Kelowna, said Pa­tel.

“No evac­uees have fled to this area as yet but we are on standby, when this hap­pens, to pro­vide aid.”

Is­lamic Re­lief Canada has also sent out a call for do­na­tions and hopes to raise $100,000 as they did dur­ing the Fort McMur­ray wild­fires. The money would be spent in phases for im­me­di­ate aid and re­cov­ery re­lief after evac­uees are al­lowed to go back home. Is­lamic Re­lief Canada works in more than 40 coun­tries and is the largest Mus­lim char­ity in Canada.

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